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West Leyden High School

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Posted September 21, 2013

i don't know how i feel about this school anymore. i attended leyden and graduated back in '87. things have surely changed. my sophomore now attends guerin prep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2012

west leyden as of this year started the chrome book computer which all the kids love there studys are done on this and its very helpfull to them also if they miss an assignment on account of being sick there teachers communicate through this computer of there homework assignments they have to do that way they dont miss there assignments at all the teachers are very great and always there to help out what schools out there have the chromebook computer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2012

I love it here at Leyden. I'm in the honors program and i have to say that the teachers are great, their classes are engaging and they give lots of their time before and after school to helping students. We have great elective choices. There are many choices for extracurricular activities and sports. most of the sports are no cut so everyone can have a chance to play. Sure there are some bad kids, but they aren't there for long and let's face it there are bad kids everywhere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2011

I was a student at West Leyden back in 2008. I thought West Leyden was a great high school compare to the other 2 i have been to. The teachers, principal, and administrative force were always helpful. Teachers used to stay long hours to help students succeed with thier homeworks, tests, and even provided personal life conflict assistance. Overall, it was a above average school and I greatly recommend students who are reading this message to consider this school as a great opportunity if you want to succeed. P.S - there were some bad students too but you can't run away from them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2011

West Leyden has so many amazing opportunities for students! It is a safe place where students can count on support from wonderful teachers and staff members. Our students are extremely polite, kind, and hard working. Our teachers are dedicated, talented, and selfless. I wish every high school student had access to a wonderful school like West Leyden.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 9, 2011

West Leyden High School is an incredible school! We have students who really care and are well behaved. Parents care about their children and are very supportive of the school. Teachers are second to none. They are well prepared and care about their students. The school has a great environment and looks for the success of all.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 11, 2010

I was a student at West Leyden and I have to say it was pretty bad there. The school always had tons of gangs also fights that happened almost everyday. I didn't feel safe there whatsoever. The teachers are terrible to be honest. One teacher I had never payed any attention to the class. She stayed in the back watching DVDs on her laptop. Another teacher was homophobic. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2009

In my own opinion Leyden is a good school but they need to work on some things. I believe that leyden has banned to many things at this school. I also believe that they should help there student more often and more then they already do!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2009

As a parent, I must say that all three of my children were given ample information regarding college, and have been encouraged to consider college from day one! As in all aspects of life, opportunities are there but one must seek for them. One cannot expect things to be handed to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2007

I am a former student of West Leyden. I feel that the advisors at West Leyden could have been more helpful to students like me who did not know anything about getting into college. College was not held at an achievable goal. I truly feel that West Leyden should encourage all of their students to go on to a four year college. Children entering high school do not have the knowledge of what they need to do to get into a college of their choice. West Leyden students would benefit so much more if they were educated about college admission. I felt that many students were simply overlooked by school counselor/advisors. Encouraging each and every student to prepare for a college education is essential for a successful high school!


Posted May 19, 2006

The teachers at West Leyden are highly educated and very dedicated to teaching the students the educational skills they need to know in order to go on to college, trade school, or to enter the working world. Most teachers come in early and stay late to help students that are having trouble in their classes. Parents of students who are getting low grades need to step up to the plate and speak to their kids. Some kids, like mine, won't listen, but maybe some will. Their futures are at stake!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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41%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students28%
Female27%
Male29%
Blackn/a
Asian20%
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Low income21%
Not low income37%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female46%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asian20%
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Low income34%
Not low income53%
Students with disabilities (IEP)26%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students35%
Female33%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asian20%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Low income30%
Not low income42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

26%
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46%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

19

Graduation rate

75.9%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 71% 24%
White 22% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 3% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Wilford Wagner

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1000 North Wolf Road
Northlake, IL 60164
Phone: (847) 451-3154

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